ANTONIO ARAGON RENUNCIO
In a makeshift classroom at the Don Orione Center for children with disabilities in Bombouaka; Kodjo, a 14-year-old boy in a wheelchair helps one of his classmates with his homework before a football match in a daily act of kindness, love of neighbor and solidarity…
In the heart of Africa, in Togo, there is a small center for children with disabilities. A beautiful place that tries to provide these children with the specialized and personalized attention they need to improve their quality of life. In Africa, children with disabilities have a high risk of abuse and abandonment. There is a perception that disabilities are due to a divine punishment. These children (known as “snakes” as they lie on the ground) are considered “demons” and are drowned into the river in rituals “for the snake to leave”.
Meanwhile, for these happy children at Don Orione Center it’s all about football. They all are Messi. Football brings them peace for their souls and freedom for their minds. It is more than a game. They dream of becoming the new star of the “beautiful game” in search of their next goal.